Wine Wednesday: Gatsby Inspired Cocktails at the W Hotel

There is a lot of excitement for the première of the “The Great Gatsby this Friday (Nationwide) and the W Hotels in NYC are celebrating too. They’re serving up “Gatsby” Inspired Cocktails to take you back to the 20’s and party like it’s prohibition.


Each Living Room across NY is mixing up for the début of “Gatsby. For example the W New York – Downtown will have these at their location $14.


THE ROARING 20’S  From the “rum running” days of Prohibition;TOM BUCHANAN –  a  lot richer than a Tom Collins;  DOUBLE DAISY which has Plymouth Gin and considered a complex drink from a simpler era; EAST EGGFor Long Island summer afternoons; JAY GATSBYA mojito designed for a millionaire and THE FLAPPER – also known as the Clove Club – a pre-Prohibition classic.


At the W New York – Union Square for $16 you can try these…or make them to try at home for your own Gatsby inspired evening.


BETWEEN THE SHEETSBetween the Sheets

1.5 oz. Pierre Ferrand V.S.O.P Cognac

1.5 oz. Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao

1.5 oz. Cana Brava Rum

.75 oz. Lemon Juice

In a shaker, add all ingredients then add ice and shake well.  Strain into a chilled martini glass and slide .5 oz. grenadine down side of the glass for color and slight sweetness. 


This cocktail dates back to the roaring 20’s and was created by Harry MacElhone, head bartender at the eponymous Harry’s New York bar in Paris. 


2oz. Brenne

1oz. Pierre Ferrand

1oz. Lemon Juice

.5 oz grenadine

Lemon Twist

In a shaker, add all ingredients then add ice and shake well.  Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a lemon twist.


Not as straight forward as the original, but our version does just the trick. Brenne, is a  French single-malt whiskey to the standard Cognac or Bourbon, and add a touch of grenadine for looks, flavor, and fun.

W New York  + W Times Square – $16 (available in The Living Room and Whiskey Blue)



2 oz Blended Whiskey

½ oz Sweet Vermouth

1/4 oz Cherry Herring

2 Dashes of Absinthe

Rinse a rocks glass with Absinthe and add ice. Mix ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into the Absinthe rinsed glass. Garnish with an orange peel.



2 oz Woodford Reserve

1 oz water

1 teaspoon sugar

4 springs of fresh mint

Crush mint leaves in highball glass fill with ice, add tablespoon of simple syrup and tablespoon of water. Add

Woodford and stir until glass frost.

Garnish with mint sprig.


EAST EGG                  ww6                                                                       

Muddle in Rocks Glass:

2-3 pieces of Cucumber                                                                              

1 oz. cucumber juice

¾ oz lime juice

Add Ice and:

1 ½ oz. Bombay Gin

Shake vigorously & strain over 3 cubes of ice. Garnish with a Cucumber wheel & mint leaf.


Some thought times were much simpler then…and in some cases they were. No matter what, these cocktails are sure to continue to be classics and you know what… sometimes what is old is new again.


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